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Subject: Containers for cellulosics

Containers for cellulosics

From: Jessie Johnson <tqae460>
Date: Tuesday, November 3, 1992
The Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory is rehousing its collection
of organic archaeological material.  This includes things like bear
grass bundles and yucca knots as well as skins and feathers. They plan
to store individual objects in small trays in Interior Steel cabinets in
a purpose built environmentally controlled area. The question is what is
(or is there) a perfect box/tray for storing cellulosic and
proteinaceous objects.  They have considered using Hollinger's Lig-Free
Type II boxes but can't afford them for the whole collection.  There are
really two questions here:

    1. Should cellulosic objects be stored in buffered board boxes?

    2. If proteinaceous objects are stored in lignin-free, acid-free
    boxes can the drawer or whole cabinet be buffered with buffered
    board liners or some other easy method.

I would appreciate any input on these questions as well as any examples
of similar collections where this problem has been resolved.

Jessie Johnson
Texas Memorial Museum

                  Conservation DistList Instance 6:26
                 Distributed: Sunday, November 8, 1992
                        Message Id: cdl-6-26-004
Received on Tuesday, 3 November, 1992

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